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According to the left, you don’t even need to say anything to be offensive. This isn’t from some small left-wing blog, but NBC News:
Nick Sandmann, a student at Covington Catholic, says he was a silent bystander in viral video. But his MAGA hat spoke for him.
Aligning oneself openly with Trump’s movement sends an aggressive political message.
January 23, 2019, 2:19 PM EST | Updated January 23, 2019, 4:02 PM EST | By Noah Berlatsky
Before he encountered Omaha elder Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial, Covington High School student Nick Sandmann had already taken steps to provoke and insult people of color. He’d put on a MAGA hat.
Sandmann’s face went viral over the weekend when footage began circulating of him and his classmates at the Lincoln Memorial. The moment has become something of a political Rorschach test that also raises thorny questions about the way various perspectives become amplified and even weaponized on social media, sometimes without the benefit of important facts. Context is key; this is something both conservatives and liberals can agree on. But in this case, that context must include what the teens were wearing — and what that apparel has come to represent.
Translation: Mr Sandmann did not approach Mr Phillips and get in his face; Mr Phillips approached Mr Sandmann, got in his face, beating on a drum, and acted aggressively. Mr Sandmann just stood there, neither retreating nor moving forward, but standing his ground. Mr Sandmann maintained a (forced?) smile throughout.
Thus, not having acted as the aggressor here, Noah Berlatsky had to do something to turn the tables, to make Mr Sandmann and his fellow students at Covington Catholic High School, at fault anyway.
Sandmann was in Washington D.C. with his all-male Catholic school classmates to participate in the March for Life. But the clip that rocketed across social media depicts a smiling Sandmann standing toe to toe with Phillips as the latter beat a drum and sang a traditional prayer song.
The facts of the confrontation remain in dispute, and various other, longer videos have since surfaced providing more context for what happened before and after the moment immortalized by social media. The original clip did not show, for example, the Covington students being harassed by a small group of Black Hebrew Israelites. It also did not show the Covington students appearing to mock Phillips with stereotypical war whoops and tomahawk chops.
So, Mr Phillips approached a group which did not threaten him, and got in the face of a 17-year-old high school junior, but, according to Mr Berlatsky, simply what Mr Sandmann was wearing, a Make America Great Again hat, “provoke(d) and insult(ed) people of color.” It was all Mr Sandmann’s, and his fellow students’ fault. Mr Berlatsky, a privileged white man himself, frequently writes decrying white privilege.
The obvious theme is: everything a white person does is wrong, save falling on one’s knees to make obeisance. Having voted for Donald Trump? You have provoked and insulted people of color. Wear a MAGA hat? Smile? That’ll get Tweets from supposedly civil leftists saying that they want someone to punch you in the face.
Let’s face facts, people: the left cannot be appeased, and the left will never be tolerant. Don’t expect anything better from them, and you’ll never be disappointed.